Announcing Angelica Garcia’s ‘Cha Cha Palace,’ out February 28th
Anticipate no more. Details on Angelica Garcia‘s new album is here. It’s called Cha Cha Palace and will be here on February 28th, 2020. Today, you can hear the dynamic new single “Guadalupe” and watch the Spencer Ford (Brockhampton)-directed video.
Referencing La Virgen de Guadalupe (a Catholic icon of the Latinx community), “Guadalupe” is a meditation on the deity as a powerful 14 year-old who is the epicenter of a culture—and the responsibility that comes along with that. The announcement comes on the heels of an exciting beginning to the year, which included a co-sign from President Barack Obama and inclusion in The New York Times’ ‘Things Our Critics Are Looking Forward To’ list and ‘Best Songs of 2019’ (recent single “Jícama”). Cha Cha Palace is now available for digital and physical pre-order. Garcia will next perform as part of the second installment of Remezcla’s Nuevo Noise series at Brooklyn, NY’s Elsewhere Zone One on January 27th before returning to SXSW Music Festival 2020 in March. She’ll also support Helado Negro as part of the Noise Pop Festival at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall on February 26th.
“Growing up I was taught the tradition of looking up to La Virgen de Guadalupe for comfort and protection. This was passed down to me by my grandmother. As I got older, the duality of her story started to sink in with me,” explains Garcia. “I was confused that this young mother is so highly regarded in Latinx culture, yet many women around me (my mothers, cousins, sisters, and friends) felt so disrespected at times because of their gender and its associated roles. I believe part of her power is that she’s an unexpected hero. Her power is not defined by her physique. I give thanks for that and cherish that—because if it’s true for her, it’s true for me and my sisters. Sacredness is held within us and cannot be deciphered by an outer appearance.”
Cha Cha Palace is available to pre-order now on sapphire blue vinyl, standard black vinyl, and CD. Bundle it with a “Wear Your Roots” t-shirt, which benefits Immigrant Families Together, Annunciation House, and ¡MIRA!
Nadia Reid – “Get the Devil Out”
Today, Nadia Reid shares “Get The Devil Out,” a gospel-like reflection on internal demons that’s less an exorcism than a benediction. “I’m making friends with who I used to be / she’s a little shorter, a little lighter,” sings Nadia, buoyed by delicate strings and her spare fingerpicking as she comes to terms with human fragility.
Produced by Trey Pollard (Foxygen) and Matthew E. White (Natalie Prass, The Mountain Goats), the album finds Nadia embracing her new globe-trotting existence following the success of 2017’s Preservation. While the album features Nadia’s lushest arrangements to-date, at the center of it all is her immaculate, immense voice and a perspective that’s at once inquisitive and empathetic.
Under The Radar included Nadia in their 20 Acts to Watch in 2020, calling her music “an instant addiction” and saying that “the rest of the world will soon figure out that she is a necessary fixture in their listening libraries.”
Lead single “Best Thing” was deemed “gorgeous” by Brooklyn Vegan, and MOJO ranked the song in the top spot on its February playlist, deeming it “fire” and “a hymn to love, especially maternal love.” Watch the stunning video, filmed cliffside in her Dunedin hometown, here.
Nadia Reid’s 2015 debut Listen To Formation Look For The Signs was called “wonderful” (MOJO) and “a startlingly good debut” (The Guardian). 2017’s Preservation is “no less bewitching” (Uncut), a “simply breathtaking” (Record Collector) follow-up that was named MOJO’s #2 album of that year and resulted in a stirring performance on Later…with Jools Holland.
Nadia has announced an extensive UK and European tour to accompany the release of Out Of My Province. U.S. dates, including performances at SXSW, will also be announced soon.
Announcing Nadia Reid’s ‘Out of My Province,’ out March 6th
Today, Nadia Reid announces the March 6 release of Out of My Province, her first album with producers Trey Pollard (Foxygen) and Matthew E. White (Natalie Prass, The Mountain Goats) and debut for Spacebomb Records. Out of My Province showcases Nadia’s sharpest songwriting to date, atmospheric arrangements replete with strings and Rhodes, and of course that immense voice, alternately soothing and riveting.
No one ever got anywhere by standing still. As an artist, you must move to grow. It’s a sentiment Reid knows well. Leaving her beloved New Zealand for America to record Out of My Province with strangers, what she didn’t expect was a family awaiting her; teaming up with Spacebomb, her evocative travel tales push explorations of love, personal growth and deep reflection further than she ever thought possible.
Lead single “Best Thing” is urgent and seismic. The song’s video, filmed on location in NZ, is set atop a vast and gorgeous black and white ocean landscape, as Nadia conveys a newfound power that is a sign of the impressive strides she’s taken as a songwriter on Out of My Province. Watch the video for “Best Thing” here.
“Out of My Province is definitely a travelling album; these are road songs,” says Nadia, of the album, written during a period of intensive touring following the release of her critically acclaimed 2017 LP, Preservation. “I felt inspired while I was moving and playing most nights. Sometimes good. Sometimes hard – there was this term I came up with called ‘digging for gold’ where some nights, you’d need to dig deeper for that feeling. During that time I felt really alive and useful.” Read more about Out of My Province and see her just-announced European tour dates below the jump.
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Sinkane’s Gettin’ Weird (Alive at Spacebomb Studios) out today, limited edition vinyl out February 7th
New York’s Sinkane—the project of Ahmed Gallab—today digitally release a new EP Gettin’ Weird (Alive at Spacebomb Studios). A vinyl release has also just been announced, due out on February 7, 2020, and available on a “1970” colorway, “1956” colorway, and black vinyl. The 1970 colorway and black vinyl editions are available to pre-order now from the Spacebomb Records online store, and the 1956 colorway is available exclusively at Rough Trade.
Gallab explains the significance of the vinyl colorways and their titles as they relate to the Sudanese flags:
1956: The year Sudan gained independence from Britain and Egypt
1970: Adopted after Gaafar Nimeiry’s coup, this flag (still the country’s official flag) is controversial and is based on the Arab Liberation Flag which is shared by Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Yemen that uses subsequent pan Arab colors in which green in less significant.
A quick follow-up to the critically acclaimed full-length album Dépaysé (City Slang), which the Sudanese-American musician described as “the story of an immigrant’s journey of self-discovery in the Trump era,” the new EP takes five songs from that album and one from 2014’s Mean Love (“How We Be”) and reimagines them with the help of the Spacebomb House Band: producers Cameron Ralston and Pinson Chanselle, with Matthew E. White as executive producer, and multi-instrumentalist and arranger Trey Pollard.
Gallab on the recording experience:
When I was approached to work with the Spacebomb family, I thought it would be a great opportunity to let my freak flag fly. I gave them my catalog and said, “Let’s get weird!” What came about was a re-approach to some Sinkane songs. We took what was there and turned it inside out. It got weird and it was a lot of fun!